Rebecca Carlson, “Letter to the Liaison Librarian,” Letters to a Young Librarian

Rebecca Carlson, “Letter to the Liaison Librarian,” Letters to a Young Librarian:

Pull quote: “You have the opportunity to frame the relationship in a way that will help everyone; showing that the library can adapt, can change, and can be more relevant will have a lasting impact. It starts and ends with you as the liaison librarian going outside the library and moving outside the library box to improve communication.”

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Nancy K. Herther, “Scholarly Publishing & Peer Review Face the Future (Part 1 of a 2 part series),” Against The Grain

Nancy K. Herther, “Scholarly Publishing & Peer Review Face the Future (Part 1 of a 2 part series),” Against The Grain:

Pull quote: “Recent articles [about reforming the peer review process] describe a wide variety of options: Research and commentary have focused on issues of bias, cost of the process, lack of proof that it is effective, a time-wasting, bureaucratic process, or an impediment to innovation. Although critics abound, no replacement for some form of peer review has yet been implemented—and for good reason. Many of the suggested options hold problems all their own.”

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Audrey Watters, “The History of the Future of Education”

Audrey Watters, “The History of the Future of Education”:

Pull quote: “All the visions of the future of education, the future of teaching, the future of work, the future of learning are ideological. They are also political. As we hear the visions of politicians and entrepreneurs, as we listen to the visions of the rest of today’s speakers, we need to remember that. Predictions about the future are not neutral. They are not objective. They are invested. Invested in a past and a present and a future. Invested in a certain view of what learning looks like now, what it has looked like before and what – thanks to whatever happens in the future – what it might look like going forward.”

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Lenses for My Research Project into Search

Lenses for My Research Project into Search

This year, I hope to embark on a series of interrelated projects that will help me better understand how students at the college where I work understand search with respect to online systems. I’ve got some very practical and pressing needs that this research connects to; specifically, I want to do some design work on the main search box on our library website:

Search box at Baruch College library website
While I could just do some rounds of…

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User Research Participants as Experts

User Research Participants as Experts

Listening to Whitney Quesenbery’s interview of medical anthropologist Francine Harris on the UIE Brain Sparks podcast, I was struck by the suggestion that Harris made that UX researchers and designers should move away from thinking about the people who participate in the research as “subjects” and instead consider them to be “experts.”

Subjects reflect an inherently passive role in a research…

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